Imagine being told you have cancer. Then the feeling that you brought it on yourself by having cosmetic surgery. It’s the stark reality for a growing number of women being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer caused by textured breast implants. One of these women helps WH to investigate the nightmare as it unfolds.
‘You will feel this,’ says the nurse. ‘The anaesthetic doesn’t reach the bone.’ Anna Nightingale hears the words, but doesn’t fully take them in. It’s early January 2019, and it’s here, in a Maltese hospital, that the 43-year-old British expat artist has spent the past two weeks coming to terms with the news that she has cancer in the lymph node under her right armpit.